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Precious Gifts

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,848 Ratings  ·  356 Reviews
One act of love will change one family’s destiny

As a devoted mother, Veronique Parker has dedicated herself to her three daughters, before and since her divorce.

Her world is turned upside down when her former husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their daughters astonishing inheritances: a painting of mysterious provenance, a château in the south of France, the freedom to
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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published December 3rd 2015 by Transworld Digital (first published May 1st 2014)
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Anna
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well i dont know ,maybe im not that used too Steel anymore, the story and the writing style are not as sugary sweet as i found her othere reads before, which is a major improvement, but i didnt get atached to any of the charecters,though if choosing between sisters, Timi is probebly my favorit
Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder

I absolutely hate it when the book description doesn’t match the actual plot. I thought this was going to be a story about 3 sisters dealing with their father’s death with his gifts left to them through his will to make their lives better. Instead, it’s a whiny diatribe of how busy each daughter is with their lives and how their divorced mother finds love with a jerk in Europe.
What I loved: That I made a decision to stop reading the novel around page 285. I couldn’t find anything redeeming about
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Susan Becraft
Predictable

All Danielle Steele's books are predictable, but this one is dull. The cast of characters include Paul, a raconteur, who married Veronique, an uber wealthy woman, and the daughters they had prior to divorcing. In Steele style, the story begins with a tragedy. Usually her tragedies are more dramatic, a plane crash, for example, but Steele begins her saga with Paul's death and the reading of his will.

The contents of the will surprise the beneficiaries, but they do not surprise me becaus
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Kathryn
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, costco
This one just didn't do much for me. The daughter's were so self centered that it was hard to get past that. The theme of the story was good, the characters, not so much.
Charmaine Saliba
I really enjoyed it. Danielle Steel is one of my favourite authors, I really love her style and she never disappointed me. Precious Gift is a lovely story and I laughed and cried especially in the end. It is a fast read in fact, I read it in one sitting. It is a touching story of betray, lost, love and opportunities dealt with a sense of humour.
Veronique is a devoted mother, she is always there for her all grown up daughters. When they have a problem, they know that she will drop everything and
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Deborah Imhof
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, a spiritual quality.

It was a romantically driven story with bits of a spirituality quality. Loved the main character, her children were not easy but the situation was completely relatable
Laurie
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing quite like a Danielle Steel novel. This book was a fun escape, with a story about a very selfish father who leaves some very specific items in his will; items that will change each of their lives in a positive way. As usual with Danielle Steel books, the characters are highly glossed and somewhat stereotypical, but the story was fun and engaging. The main character, Veronique is a selfless mother and ex-wife who has always put others ahead of herself, and despite a vast family f ...more
Denise
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel is a typical read. The cover of the book was beautiful and it prompted me to read it. The places visited in the story ( Venice, Rome, Paris) brought back pleasant memories of my trips. ( not the expensive hotels, ships or restaurants). The ending was surprising and emotionally pleasing. 3.5 stars
Denise Jo
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical Danielle Steel book. Like so many of her books it is about family and love. It fell short with some of the characters. One in particular Nicoli. I would have liked more interaction with the sisters and more put into the ending. It had so much more potential.
Loretta
Tbh, I only started reading this because my mum gave me a copy. I haven't enjoyed any of Ms Steele's books before but I thought I'd give her one more try since it was going free. I'm afraid her style just isn't my cup of tea - I will most likely never finish reading this.
Laura Miller
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel by Danielle Steel. I family type stories. I love reading this type especially after a novel of suspense or drama. I find Danielle Steel novels easy to read and comprehend without having to think to much...lol.
Lisa Barclay
Not a very good DS novel, wouldn't surprise me if there were ghost writers. Three things really annoy me about it - DS needs to get into this century!
1) The fat shaming. The middle daughter is pudgy, bigger than her sisters, likes to sample her own baking - but is pretty anyway. Got news for you - you don't have to be model slim to be beautiful!
2) No one calls the airline to book a flight anymore - you do it online. No one faxes anymore - you email. Get with the times. At least there was some te
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Poppy fairy
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Danielle Steel is one my favourite authors. If you love family drama like I do then this is a must buy must read.
Veronique Parker's husband Paul had a blatant affair with a famous model that ended their marriage. But somehow after their divorce Veronique had forgiven him enough to become friends. Veronique had said she did it for the children.

Timmie Parker worked to find housing for eligible members of the homeless population. The youngest sister Joy lived in L.A where she was pursuing an acti
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Lynn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have enjoyed this book more if it didn't make me so angry! Nobody describes the wonders of Europe and new romance better than Danielle Steel, however this heroine let everyone walk all over her, from her children to her new boyfriend. Her favorite strategy was lying by omission to stay on everyone's good side. It was a miracle that she still had any of her inheritance left. I actually found myself hoping for some cataclysmic event that would wake her totally self-absorbed children up, bu ...more
Lois R
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story line is that Paul, father of three daughters - Timmie, Juliette, and Joy - and ex-husband of Veronique dies. He also has a son - Bertie - from a previous marriage. In his will he leaves everyone what they need in the short term to make their dreams come true. These gifts are very specific and really fit each of the people involved. This overall view of the story could of made for a really good read. However, none of the story lines are well developed. And Veronique's story got very bor ...more
Jeanne
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Danielle Steel in that she writes about lifestyles of the rich, but with a bit of a twist. An obviously absent parent during his lifetime, a father thoughtfully gives each of his 4 daughters and ex-wife in death what he couldn't in life . . . a bequest to allow them to follow their dreams. The great ending bumped up the rating--6 out of 10 for me on this one.
Jennifer
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've never hated a Danielle Steel novel, but there's a first time for everything. The characters were boring, they plot wandered, and I kept hoping she would get to the point. Was more like a travel brochure, with detailed descriptions of the locations the characters visited. This one is really not worth reading.
Lynne H.
Great book about family issues and the way some people handle their relationships with their parents and children. A rotten father ends up leaving just the right gifts for each of his daughters and his ex-wife, giving them a chance to do exactly what each one wishes to do.
Susan Ott
Always enjoy a quick Danielle Steel read. I enjoyed this book, but it was similar to all of her others. I would have liked to read more about her daughters instead of her experience traveling through Europe. I felt like it ended abruptly, even though I liked the ending with the painting.
Laura
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dull, predictable and annoying characters. But I can't help it, Danielle is my guilty pleasure!
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Good book. No matter if you are rich or poor makes no difference it is what is in your heart. I love the dynamics between mother and daughters and how it shapes us as people. Love knows no age
Crista
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 57 for the year.....
Nina
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of Danielle Steel's books and I found that this one was one of the best. It was so well done and so very real. I gave it five stars as I was so pleased with the book. Thank you.
JT
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can never go wrong with Danielle Steel! A worthwhile read, as always with her novels!!
Jo Pendolino
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book by an incredible author!!
Carol Irvin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every book that Danielle Steel but this one - I couldn't get into it
Romanticamente Fantasy
Ogni nuova uscita di questa autrice è di sicuro un’emozione, per tutti quelli che la leggono con regolarità. Anche stavolta, vi dirò, non mi ha lasciata indifferente.

C’è chi accusa l’autrice di essere melensa, nella sua narrazione, ma personalmente la trovo così profonda e sfaccettata, che questo attributo non credo le appartenga.

La Steel parla della profondità dei sentimenti, delle tante facce dell’animo umano, ma lo fa con una maestria e con una delicatezza che ogni volta mi sorprende.

Questo r
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Chris
2.5
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY
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Veronique Parker's husband Paul had a blatant affair with a famous model that ended their marriage. But somehow after their divorce Veronique had forgiven him enough to become friends. Veronique had said she did it for the children.

Timmie Parker worked to find housing for eligible members of the homeless pop
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Andrea
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steele
The First Danielle book I have read recently.
My rating is subject to change as I can reconcile the books, (mystery, action-adventure) I usually read with the much more compact Steele books.
Previous Gifts is an old fashioned fairy tale.
Veronique Parker is a wealthy woman, a mom of three, and is divorced from her husband for many years. To be blunt her husband is a parasite, charming and roguish, but he continues to live off of her despite a generous divorce settlement.
The story addresses a woman
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Shelly Jacobs
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an extraordinary story

Growing up, reading Danielle Steel's books for years, this was the newest one I read . It hit so close to home it was astounding and made me look at life around me with new open eyes. My heart broke four Mom, the girls and I wanted to smack the brother who ends up getting what he deserves. Family is what matters but so many don't realize it until it is too late. Make the time now to love your family. Be there for each other. Before it is too late because you only get 1
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